HC Deb 08 December 1948 vol 459 cc52-3W
Sir J. Lucas

asked the Minister of Food whether, in view of the fact that the number of customers registered with Mr. J. W. Taylor, family grocer of Southsea, has increased to 500 since September, 1947, and that he is still receiving dried fruit vouchers for only 197 customers and canned goods vouchers for only 265 customers, he will authorise an increased allocation to Mr. Taylor, proportionately consistent with that granted to the co-operative societies on the grounds of their similar increases in trade.

Mr. Strachey

The voucher scheme for the allocation of dried fruit and certain canned goods applies equally to co-operative societies and private traders. A general re-issue of vouchers will be made at intervals to take account of fluctuations in registrations, but it has not so far been found practicable to make interim revisions in the entitlement of individual traders, owing to the heavy additional burden of work which would be placed on wholesalers and first-hand distributors. My Department is now engaged on a review of the Scheme, in consultation With traders' representatives.

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